Liverpool FC: Brendan Rodgers to Sign Suso, Raheem Sterling to Long-Term Deals
Brendan Rodgers has endured a tumultuous start to his campaign as Liverpool manager, with a drastic turnover in personnel that left the club with limited seasoned strikers. The result: a halting start to the Premier League season, with one victory in four tries.
Rodgers, however, has been encouraged by the performances of several of his young players, notably Suso, Raheem Sterling and Andre Wisdom. According to The Mirror, Rodgers is set to offer the trio new deals based on their performances.
Rumors of talks with Wisdom have yet to be corroborated elsewhere, but there is no doubting the fact that Liverpool has begun discussions with the other two young players.
As for Sterling, the manager has indicated a desire to move slowly with the youngster—to have him prove himself more before offering a long-term deal. Rodgers told The Telegraph talks have begun but that nothing is imminent.
Rodgers gave the Spanish youngster his Reds senior debut in the Europa League win over Young Boys. Suso was impressive, playing the full 90 minutes and earning high praise from his manager.
Three days later in his Premier League debut against Manchester United, he came on to replace an injured Fabio Borini and had an immediate impact. Taking on the United defense, he squared a touchline ball for Glen Johnson, who in turn found Steven Gerrard for Liverpool's lone goal.
In the League Cup win at West Brom, he came on with 10 minutes to play and again had an immediate impact by setting up Nuri Şahin's second goal.
In the third installment of Being: Liverpool, Rodgers explains to his players that he prefers that they not panic under pressure and give up possession too easily. Rather, he asks that they first shield the opposing player off the ball and then look for a teammate for the easy pass.
This past Saturday, all of the hallmarks of the Rodgers philosophy were on display as Suso made his Premier League debut against Norwich City.
What one saw in the Red midfield was a player who eagerly presented himself for the ball, was skilled and confident in possession, and decisive and accurate in his passing. It was a masterful display, a performance which was capped with his assist on Luis Suárez's third goal.
Four games: he controlled midfield in one and helped get Liverpool on the board in the other three. His impressive string of performances hasn't been lost on Rodgers, who is set to offer him a new deal, praising his talent and character to The Mirror (via ESPN):
He is tactically very good, strong technically with the ball. He makes things happen. I love that type of player. Talent finds space. He is a real talent. He is in the reckoning and he is a good kid as well. I have noticed a big progression in him from the pre-season tour of America—I have seen a real difference in the last couple of months and he has got a good appetite for the game.
Factored in with the brilliant performances of Şahin and the promise shown by other young players— such as Samed Yeşil, Oussama Assaidi and Jerome Sinclair—Rodgers is confident about the direction in which the club is headed, and supporters should be as well.
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